Guide to the Best Rivers Around San Antonio Texas
Summer is my favorite time of year. I love the warm sun, fun summer nights, and carefree days. Although, it can be difficult to fill these days with things to do.
One of the best ways to fill up your warm summer days is by floating the many river around San Antonio Texas. The San Antonio area has some of the most beautiful rivers to float. As long as you are confident, all are kid/baby friendly. Just take extra precautions if you’re children aren’t great swimmers.
During the summer season, floating down the river can get pretty crowded. Be sure to get there early to ensure parking and to make sure the park is still open. Some have capacity caps that are met early in the day.
1. San Marcos River
This river is beautiful!! When floating this river you’ll love all the beautiful surroundings. The tubing line is short, free, and fun. The tube shoot water fall at the end are the kids’ favorite part. We always stay longer than we should, but it is so much fun. It can be absolutely free if you take your own tubes. When we’ve gone with friends, the dads usually run back to get the car while we wait and play in the river.
2. Frio River
The Frio is on the west side of San Antonio Texas. Both the upper and lower parts of the river have their pros and cons.
We have only been to the section in the Garner State Park. This park can be crazy busy. So, get there early to avoid the crowd waiting to purchase tickets. The park has rope swings, huge boulders to jump off of, and is all around a fun time.
3. Medina River
This is another one of my favorites as it is the closest to us in Bandera, Texas. The rope swings are epic. It goes from one side of the river to the other. There are some baby rope swings for those brave enough to try them. This river also has a section that is shallow. My kids love the shallow part to look for fish, float down the river, and swim. They are more comfortable being able to see the bottom. This river is FREE if you go during the week. They do have an entrance fee on the weekends.
4. Guadeloupe River
The Guadeloupe is one of the most popular rivers. It is ever changing as the flow fluctuates with the release rate of water from Canyon dam turbines. On the weekends, it is considered a party river and brings in the crowds. It is a pretty fun river, but just be prepared for the crowds. We like to go during the week when it isn’t as busy.
5. Cibolo River
So, this river isn’t the best for floating, but they do have a section that is great for playing in the river, fishing, and taking pictures. My kids love playing in the water and catching baby fish and frogs.
There are so many great swimming holes around the area. These are just a few amazing places around San Antonio Texas. So grab your sunscreen, waterproof camera or case, vests for your kiddos, tubes, and head to the river for a day of fun in the sun.
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